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I am looking for a good cleaner fish that capatable with my fishes???????
 

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Bristle nose seems to get along well with all my fish. Although I hardly see them. I have 5 in my 125 tank. The algea was a huge problem. Now I am afraid they do not get enough food from the algea so I drop wafers in twice a day
 

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I actually like using Olive Nerite Snails with malawi cichlids. They are excellent algae eaters and seem to be hard for the cichlids to bother. They do not reproduce in freshwater aquaria and are relatively inexpensive.
 

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We have a common pleco in our 72 gallon BF that does an excellent job of keeping the tank bottom clean and controlling algae on the rocks, plants, and sides of the tank - so well in fact we need to throw in algae wafers. He is up to 8 or 9 inches now, keeps to himself in the rocks but doesn't take any **** from the mbunas when they try and push him out of a cave.
 

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i bought a spotted plec for my 90l tank but the bugger never comes out of the rock, i mean i see him once a week if that? Have not been feeding him specifically, reading this makes me feel i should get some algae
 

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In my main tank (142 g) I have a Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps also called sail fin pleco. I also use some small once in my smaller tanks, but if u really want an "algemachine" u wanna go for juventil Ancistrus or L-144. Mine are really good eaters, but tend to be a bit lazy when they get older. One rule I have is to not feed them to much. That way they wanna eat the algees and not the plecotablets.

Good luck on choosing.

Linka
 

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our pleco seems to be nocturnal. Usually hides in the rocks during the day but when I've been up late checking on our kids I will see him working the sides of the tank.
 

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Malawian Maniac said:
our pleco seems to be nocturnal. Usually hides in the rocks during the day but when I've been up late checking on our kids I will see him working the sides of the tank.
Mine to. He usually hides in daytime, but at night when the kids have gone to bed he comes out and "washes" the windows :D
The light in the tank turns of at 23.00 so I think he is out around 22.00.
And he has grown ! Got the shock of my life when I saw him the other day. Now he is about 17 cm. Nice fish thoug.
 

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I love my bristlenose pleco. He does a great job keeping the glass clean. BN's also do not grow to the great size some other plecos do, and he doesn't leave huge amounts of "pleco poop" around like some of the other species do. I drop the pleco tablets in after all the lights are out for him.
 
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Just don't make the error of getting one of those siamese or chinese algae eaters, they turn into right little territorial ********
 

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Just don't make the error of getting one of those siamese or chinese algae eaters, they turn into right little territorial @#%@#%^
So true, they are mean little algae eaters. I had one kill my apistogramma agassizi, so I fed it to my frontosa. :thumb:

For clean up you can't beat synodontis catfish.
 
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